Course Description:

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Guideline on good pharmacovigilance practices (GVP), Module IV requires that risk-based audits of the quality system be performed at regular intervals to assure that it complies with the established quality requirements and to determine its effectiveness. It includes audit of the pharmacovigilance system which is covered by the quality system. The GVP Modules are applicable to EU-based companies and any company marketing medicinal products on a global basis. The legally required risk based audit strategy shall cover all PV processes and tasks undertaken by or delegated to other departments, MAH affiliates, and third parties such as distributors, external service providers, partners (the PV Universe). The PV Audit Strategy Plan is used to prepare the PV audit program, i.e. annual PV Audit Schedule.

In this two day workshop conference we will review the EMA and FDA requirements regarding Risk Based Audits of the PV system and Quality System. The course will focus on the design of the PV audit strategy, identification of the PV processes and entities subject to PV audit (define the PV audit universe), development of risk assessment methodology, development of procedures/tools to monitor PV processes and activities, and implementation of the PV audit strategy plan. Additionally, we will review methods of quality oversight and management of third parties performing PV activities..

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the FDA and EMEA’s requirements for a risk based audit program and current interpretation. Plan, develop and implement the PV Audit Strategy Plan, which includes the following processes:
    • Develop a high-level PV audit strategy
    • Identify the PV activities and processes subject to PV audit
    • Develop risk assessment criteria
    • Identify the PV audit universe – entities subject to PV audit
    • Categorize the entities subject to PV audit
    • Perform risk assessments
    • Prioritize entities for audit according to relative risk
    • Prepare a 3-5 year PV audit plan
  • Identify procedures/tools to monitor PV quality of third parties

Seminar Fee Includes:

AM-PM Tea/Coffee
Seminar Material
USB with seminar presentation
Hard copy of presentation
Attendance Certificate
$100 Gift Cert for next seminar

Who will Benefit:

This course is designed for people with some PV experience and tasked with developing, maintaining, updating and/or reviewing the PV quality system audit strategy plan, risk assessment and/or the annual PV audit schedules. It is also beneficial for staff responsible for the quality oversight of third parties conducting PV activities.

The following personnel will benefit from the course:

  • PV Quality Assurance Staff
  • PV Compliance professionals
  • Quality auditors
  • Pharmacovigilance Auditors
  • Relevant Pharmacovigilance Staff
  • PV Service Provider Relationship Managers
  • MAH Affiliates responsible for Pharmacovigilance

Course Outline:

There will be a 15 minute morning break, 1 hour lunch break, and 15 minute afternoon break on each training day.

Day 1 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM) Day 2 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration
  • 9:00 AM: Session Start Time
  • Review of FDA and EMEA requirements for risk based PV audits
  • The pharmacovigilance system and the quality system
  • Strategic level audit planning
  • Hands on exercise
  • PV activities and processes subject to PV audit
  • Risk assessment criteria
  • The PV audit universe - all entities subject to PV audit
  • Safety data exchange agreements (SDEAs) and vendor contracts
  • Categorization of the entities (PV Audit Universe)
  • Risk assessments
  • Prioritization of entities for audit according to relative risk
  • 3-5 year PV audit plan
  • Hands on exercise
  • Procedural documents, e.g. SOPs
  • Identify procedures/tools to monitor PV quality for oversight of third parties
  • Q & A

Meet Your Instructor

Yvonne Ditoro,

Yvonne Ditoro, RN, BSN, MBA is an independent pharmacovigilance operations consultant with extensive broad-based leadership in the global pharmaceutical industry in Pharmacovigilance, Quality Management Systems, Affiliate Safety Operations, Adverse Event Case Management, Compliance, Inspection Readiness and Licensing Agreements. She is strategically focused with proven ability to anticipate industry trends and changing business needs while delivering sustained, high-impact results. Yvonne draws on her experience working with national and international stakeholders in pharmacovigilance for the design, development, and deployment of enterprise solutions, driving strategic programs through complex regulatory environments and harmonizing PV processes post-mergers and acquisitions. She has a track record of leading successful cross-functional projects and initiatives to improve compliance, streamline processes, increase organizational efficiencies and improve productivity. Yvonne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College and her MBA from Eastern University. Her career in health care spans more than 30 years with 22 years’ of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

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